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UNGA chief pushes for Covid-19 vaccines for all

  • Published at 07:29 pm May 25th, 2021
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File photo: United Nations General Assembly President Volkan Bozkır Collected/Bangla Tribune

He said the countries lacking production capacity are now facing a very difficult situation

President of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Volkan Bozkir has pushed for Covid-19 vaccines for all with its fair and equal distribution globally.

“No one is safe until all are safe. Vaccine is the solution to this problem,” he told reporters at Foreign Service Academy on Tuesday, adding that the countries lacking production capacity are now facing a very difficult situation.

Bozkir said his country Turkey is also facing some difficulties.

“We’ll make all the efforts. We’ll push all the countries,” he said giving importance on equitable and fair distribution of vaccines among all countries.

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Earlier, the UNGA president said they went into this pandemic together and they can emerge from it together. “Let us not rest when vaccines for all are so much in reach.”

On May 21, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance announced that it has signed an advance purchase agreement with Johnson & Johnson for its single-dose vaccine against Covid-19.

The agreement is for a commitment to purchase 200 million doses on behalf of the Covax Facility, with the goal of them being supplied to Facility participants in 2021.

Supply of the vaccine will be available to both self-financing and Gavi Covax AMC-eligible participants. Gavi will continue to assess the Covax Facility portfolio and participants’ needs and will remain in discussions with Johnson & Johnson on potential supply of 300 million additional doses in 2022.

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